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Anti-regime forces take west Libyan towns

NALUT, Libya (AFP) – Forces opposed to Moamer Kadhafi took control of several western Libyan towns, an official said as the strongman played down rebel gains after world leaders called on him to quit. Protest leaders established a transitional “national council” in several eastern and western cities seized from the Kadhafi regime…

Chile marks earthquake anniversary amid disputes

Continue reading the main story Related Stories Chile quake recovery: ‘Job half done’ ‘Risks remain’ after Chile quake Chile’s long experience of quakes Chileans have been marking the anniversary of last year’s earthquake, which killed more than 500 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Commemorations were led by President Sebastian…

Tunisia gets new premier amid violence

TUNISIAN Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi resigned Sunday and was replaced by Beji Caid Essebsi, a former minister, after anti-government protests left five people dead over the weekend. Security forces again clashed with protesters in Tunis demanding the removal of some ministers of Ghannouchi’s interim government before the premier announced…

Floods and landslides hit Bolivia

House falls in river in flooded Bolivia Country profile: Bolivia A landslide caused by intense rains has destroyed more than 150 homes in the Bolivian city of La Paz. The authorities managed to evacuate the poor Kupini II area before it was smashed by a collapsing hillside. Elsewhere in La Paz, at…

Scandal-hit French foreign minister resigns

Paris: Beleaguered French foreign minister Michele Alliot-Marie announced her resignation Sunday after weeks of criticism over her contacts with the former Tunisian regime, stressing she had committed no wrongdoing. “While I do not feel that I have committed any wrongdoing, I have… decided to leave my job as foreign minister,” Alliot-Marie wrote…

100,000 flee to Libya neighbours in past week: UNHCR

GENEVA: The UN refugee agency today said that “close to 100,000 people”, mainly foreign migrants, have fled Libya to neighbouring countries during the past week of turmoil in the North African nation. “UNHCR emergency teams are working with Tunisian and Egyptian authorities and NGOs (non governmental organisations) to support close to 100,000…

Ireland’s opposition wins majority

Ireland’s opposition parties have made big gains in a general election focused on the country’s economic woes as angry voters ended the 80-year dominance of Fianna Fail. The Fine Gael party was leading the pack, but the shape of the next government is hanging in the balance as counting continues for a second day. By Sunday morning, 57 seats had…

Iraq PM gives gov’t 100 days to improve – or else

BAGHDAD — Gunmen stormed Iraq’s largest oil refinery and bombed the facility Saturday, forcing operations to shut down at a time when Iraqis are already suffering through electricity shortages and lines at the gas pump. The attack north of Baghdad casts doubt on the Iraqi government’s ability to protect its vital infrastructure and could…

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